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Directive 96/73/EC


Directive 96/73/EC provides for uniform methods for sampling and analysis to be used in Member States for the purpose of determining the fibre composition binary textile fibre mixtures, in order to implement Directive 2008/121/EC (Official Journal L 19, 23.1.2009, p. 39) on textile names, which requires the labelling of the fibre composition of textile products.


In 1972 methods for the quantitative analysis of binary textile fibre mixtures were harmonized in a Directive. This Directive was amended several times and finally consolidated in the current Directive.

Main Provisions

The Directive gives rules for the preparation of test samples

  • It identifies different methods for the quantitative analysis of binary fibre mixtures
  • It sets up rules in case no uniform method exists (yet)
  • It specifies proceedings for the adaptation to technical progress

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